Assistance Dogs International (ADI) has approved PAALS for a full five-year ADI Accreditation.
Part of the mission of Assistance Dogs International (ADI) is to establish standards for the assistance dog Industry – ensuring that dogs are treated humanely, clients are treated with respect and dignity, and training is delivered in a professional way at all times. Assistance Dog users trust their lives and safety to their dogs, so everything related to the training of both the dogs and people must meet extraordinary criteria.
Over many years, members of ADI have developed an accreditation manual and procedures to evaluate the quality standards of assistance dog programs. Areas evaluated include: safety and cleanliness of the training facility, fair and ethical treatment of clients, proper health care for the dogs, humane training methods for the dogs, criteria for screening suitability of both dogs and clients, criteria for matching dogs and clients, criteria for administration of all program operations and compliance with all legal regulations.